21st March 2006
Council and Clergy gay marriage mix up
12:00 AM — When The Rev Philip Millen of Randalstown Free Presbyterian Church wrote a letter to Anrtim Borough Council objecting to civil partnerships, he was horrified to see it photocopied on the back of civil partnership application forms.A "clerical error" was blamed for the mix up, but that doesn't stop Mr Millen hinting darkly that "there may be ulterior motives at work".
Gay Tory MP Alan Duncan, criticised by members at local party meeting 1
12:00 AM — The Conservative party's first openly gay MP was the subject of an extraordinary argument at his local constituency annual meeting, where a member called on him to be replaced as local MP.Alan Duncan, who is currently the shadow trade and industry secretary in David Cameron's shadow cabinet, came out as gay in 2002 after 10 years as an MP. He was attacked by a local party member who claimed that Mr Duncan had been wrong not to declare his sexuality earlier.
Hate crimes against transsexuals to be targeted by police
12:00 AM — Transphobic hate crimes against transsexuals and transvestites in Northern Ireland will from today be recorded separately from other hate crimes to allow the police to gain a greater understanding of the challenges faced by members of the transgendered community.The Democratic Unionist party (DUP) has labelled the move as "political correctness gone mad."
Equality review highlights issue of homophobic bullying 4
12:00 AM — Trevor Phillips, chair of the government's independent Equalities Review, spoke out about the problems of homophobic bullying in a consultation report published today."We need to focus our efforts to ensure that all of those who are disadvantaged in some way are given the opportunity to reach their full potential and contribute to a vibrant and successful UK economy," said Mr Phillips. The social cost and lost earnings are thought to cost billions of pounds a year.
Human rights group condemns Islamists and the Metropolitan Police
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe fifth annual Peter Tatchell Human Rights Fund meeting was held in London last night despite the pulling out of the guest speaker, the liberal Islamic theologian, Sheikh Dr Muhammad Yusuf due to death threats.Instead the main speaker was the Iranian born secularist Maryam Namazie who claimed that supporters "should pay more to hear me speak than some Imam."
Councillor expresses concerns about discrimination law opt outs
12:00 AM — Simon Williams, the Green Party councillor for Brighton, voiced his concerns today over the government's soon to be implemented anti discrimination legislation.New rules expected to come in in October 2006 will make it illegal for lesbian or gay customers to be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation. Hotels, insurance providers and house sellers or landlords will all be targeted by the policy, which Mr Williams described as "welcome". So why the concern?
20th March 2006
Beverly Knight hits out against homophobia in black music 2
12:00 AM — Pop diva Beverly Knight has spoken out against the blatant homophobia in a great deal of music from black artists including Beenie Man.Ms Knight first spoke out against homophobia in 2004 following the death of her friend, the television presenter Tyrone Jameson who died of AIDs.The pop star has in her own right become an icon of the gay community.
Liberal Islamic scholar forced to pull out of gay rights speech by Muslim leaders
12:00 AM — The liberal Islamic theologian, Sheikh Dr Muhammad Yusuf, has been pressured to pull out of a lecture he was due to give tonight in London to raise funds for the gay rights activist Peter Tatchell, following protests and warnings by Muslim leaders.Dr Yusuf was due to call for an "Islamic Reformation" to an audience primarily made up of gay men and women.The engagement has allegedly provoked the wrath of senior Islamic clerics, who warned they could not guarantee his safety if the lecture went ahead.
19th March 2006
Gay Briton accused of murder released on bail in Crete
12:00 AM — A gay British man accused of killing his parents following a rift over his homosexuality has been bailed in Crete.Ryan Johnson, 32, from Newlyn, was arrested on Monday and appeared in court on Crete on Thursday. He is charged with murdering Terry and Jo Johnson, aged 53 and 54, at the weekend. Members of his family arrived on the Greek island on Thursday night.
Boyzone star holds gay wedding in London 2
12:00 AM — Former Boyzone singer Stephen Gately today married his gay partner in a civil ceremony at an exclusive hotel next door to Buckingham Palace.The 30-year-old singer had previously held a commitment ceremony with the internet entrepreneur, Andy Cowles, in Las Vegas three years ago.A spokesman for the Goring Hotel said that Sir Elton John, who was expected to be one of the guests, was not present.
Beckham’s ex says she’s not a lesbian, but is bisexual
12:00 AM — Rebecca Loos, who famously enjoyed a brief affair with England and Real Madrid star David Beckham says that despite being bisexual, she would only settle down with a man.The former personal assistant said: "I love lesbians but I'm not one myself. I'm bisexual. I do fancy some women, but only very occasionally. I rarely walk into a room and am attracted to a girl. I'm very picky. But there is the potential for me to fancy women."
Gay police chief believes he is being made the fall guy for the tube shooting 7
12:00 AM — Sources close to the most senior gay police officer in Britain say that he has been made "the fall guy" in a campaign to save the job of Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan police commissioner.Colleagues of Britain Paddick, the deputy assistant commissioner say that he is furious at being "hung out to dry" by the force after he gave a testimony on his boss, Sir Ian to the investigators looking into the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, a 27-year-old Brazilian at Stockwell tube station last year.
17th March 2006
Gay officer heats up tube shooting debate 8
12:00 AM — A senior gay police officer has revealed he may pursue legal action against the Metropolitan police to defend claims that a member of Met chief Sir Ian Blair's private team knew the Stockwell Tube shooting victim Charles de Menezes was an innocent man just six hours after his death.Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Brian Paddick believes he is being accused of lying after the Met said that rumours of a senior officer knowing Mr Menezes was wrongfully shot just six hours after his death were untrue.
Gay star’s partner says no to Wife Swap
12:00 AM — Gay singer George Michael's partner has refused to take part in a gay celebrity Wife Swap episode with TV presenter Michael Barrymore.Kenny Goss ruled out the switch at the Terrence Higgins Trust celebrity auction at Christies this week, where a dinner date with his partner was auctioned off.
Gay couple’s civil celebrations blocked
12:00 AM — A gay couple were not allowed to celebrate their civil partnership ceremony after a hotel refused to accept large celebrations.The four star, New World Hotel , told Richard Minns and Paul Rice that same sex celebrations could not have more than eight people at the reception.
Scottish hoteliers fear equal gay rights 2
12:00 AM — The Equality Act, which gives gays and lesbians equal access to products and services, could cause big loss for Highland tourism, it has been claimed.Hotel owners have voiced fears that religious views in the area could see places being shut down and tourists deliberately staying away.
Former nurse jailed for murdering gay pensioner
12:00 AM — A man was jailed for 23 years today for murdering a gay retired English teacher who had treated him as a lover.The former psychiatric nurse was imprisoned after being found guilty of killing 65 year old Roger Hendra at his flat in Hampstead, London, last June.
Gay agency offers Greek trip for biggest fundraisers
12:00 AM — The National AIDs Trust (NAT) is offering a holiday to the Greek Island of Mykonos for the person who can raise the most money for the charitable organisation.Supporters can fundraise in any way they like and whoever sends the largest amount of proceeds to the NAT will win the trip with gay tour operator, Respect holidays.
Gay banker’s sacking was “fair but not perfect” 4
12:00 AM — HSBC handled a gay banker's dismissal in a fair but not perfect way, a senior HSBC executive admitted to an employment tribunal yesterday.Peter Lewis, the bank's former equity head, was sacked after a disciplinary hearing where a fellow employee accused him of masturbating in front of him, but Mr Lewis claims he was discriminated against because of his sexual orientation.
Gay affair break up captures the nation
12:00 AM — A woman whose engagement fell apart after discovering her fiancé frequently visited gay saunas, has generated a hugely emotive and informative debate in a UK broadsheet.The case of Iris Scott, who just days before her marriage discovered that her boyfriend had betrayed her with sexual encounters with gay men, has caught the heart and minds of readers of The Times.